The University of Maryland (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering has launched a new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site, located in St. Mary's County in southern Maryland.
With support from the University System of Maryland, the site will bring together leaders in academia, industry and government to accelerate UAS research, the university says.
Managed by UMD's Clark School of Engineering, the UMD UAS test site will create and deliver products and programs in support of workforce development and higher education goals.
It will also serve as a hub to focus the capabilities of the people and infrastructure in southern Maryland, the University System of Maryland, government and industry to address issues related to UAS technology and policy. Maryland Delegate John Bohanan, who advocated for the establishment of the site since the idea was conceived, says this site will be beneficial for the economy in the area and will provide employment opportunities.
Chancellor William ‘Brit’ Kirwan of the University System of Maryland says the site’s “educational value extends to all University System of Maryland faculty, staff and students, as well as K-12 students throughout the state.”
The test site is part of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, in consort with Virginia and New Jersey, under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS Test Site program, and will help the FAA integrate UAS into the national airspace, the university says.
Matt Scassero, a former Navy captain who helped lead the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, is director of the new site.